Great Places to Buy Plants and Seeds Online

By Alex N

Where can you buy plants and seeds online?

Mr Fothergills Direct – is one of the UKs quite traditional suppliers of flower and vegetable seeds and plants backed with traditional family values – they assure quality and service They have a reasonably good range, and also stock plenty of bedding plants and perennials, flower and vegetable seed, fruit and seed potatoes all available through catalogues or online. They offer free delivery on all seed only orders, two packets of free seed plus free seed sowing guide with every order of five packets of seed or more. Mr Fothergill’s Direct claims to one of the most extensive ranges in the UK

This site is for those of you wanting to perfect growing fruit and vegetables  They claim to sell everything you need for your garden or allotment, offering great quality and value for money. They offer a good range of vegetable seeds, potatoes, onions, garlic, vegetable plants, soft fruit and fruit trees all available through catalogues or online. Free delivery on seed only orders, plus a free packet of trial seeds and labels with every order, plus great potato and fruit tree promotions.

With over 200 years of gardening knowledge and expertise, Suttons Seeds have built an solid reputation for quality products and services. Whether you are looking to grow your own vegetables or create a spectacular flower display to picking your own fruit in your garden, you are likely to find what you need here.  Also worth checking for deals – as their volume is high, so they do good reductions.  Equally good for veg and flowers.

Established as a producer of tulip and daffodil bulbs in 1973, Van Meuwen diversified into mail order in 1977. Today Van Meuwen is a horticultural mail order specialist – they work hard to ensure you receive good quality plants and bulbs in existing varieties direct to your home. A good global outlook – they claim ‘ our buyers are on a constant search for new and exclusive ideas from all parts of the world allowing us to bring you top quality and exciting products at affordable prices’.

Crocus is the only gardening website that specialises in plants (rather than seeds). They sell everything else you'll need for the garden, but plants are their thing. Crocus prides itself on being able to offer you the biggest choice of plants in the UK. To give you an example, a good garden centre can give you around 400 plant varieties to choose from. Crocus offers over 4,000.  They are also considered of high quality (although prices reflect this), and they do supply some of the gardens for The Chelsea Flower Show.

Dobies have been supplying flower and vegetable seeds direct to gardeners since 1880, starting in the Chester area, and for over fifty years now, to customers throughout the UK. Like many online suppliers – they are really a catalogue business which has gone online.  They offer the largest range of young annual plants available by post, plus bulbs, fruit and garden equipment. Dobies have been awarded the coveted "Best Buy" Seed Supplier by Which? Gardening with "an impressive 91% of seed producing healthy seedlings.

Nickys seeds gives ideas and inspirations for the edible garden, patio pots and hanging baskets. They supply quality garden seeds for hanging baskets, containers, flower garden, landscaping, ornamental garden, vegetable garden and greenhouses at competitive prices. Nicky’s claims you can “Grow all your favourite rare and unusual garden plants from seeds”.
Seeds include a good range of garden vegetables from seed inc: chillies, tomato seed, Oriental vegetable seed, heirloom vegetable seed, organic vegetable and baby leaf seed.

Marshalls is very established and has a good reputation, and a wide range of seed and plant products across the board.   Importantly they give a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
“Should anything fail to meet your expectations when delivered or (given reasonable care and protection against infestation, disease and unsatisfactory weather conditions) should any item fail to grow satisfactorily, you can be certain we’ll put it right. We will provide a replacement or refund, together with helpful, friendly advice.”

Unwins still maintains very much a family brand which includes customer care.  Also an excellent range.  In their words':  “Every operation - from sowing, through "roguing" (the elimination of off-types), to harvesting and sorting - is performed by hand.  Seed is hand-picked into an apron-pouch and emptied into clearly-labelled sacks supported by metal tripods. On arrival at Unwins' premises in Britain, the seeds are then tested for vigour and their powers of germination in the company's seed testing laboratory, prior to packeting.”

A great convenience site – as it’s all also available on Amazon.  The company is highly automated which means that your order can be processed swiftly and with no loss of quality due to cumbersome procedures. “We deliver effectively from Soil To Soil in just a matter of days. We have a super modern warehouse and thousands of square meters of greenhouses situated right in the middle of Holland's famous bulb fields.”

Jersey Plants Direct are an internet and mail order plant company.  They sell a year round range of Jersey grown bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, vegetable plants and seeds, bulbs and gardening accessories. Free delivery as well which is a bonus.

Since the first seed catalogue was published in 1855, Thompson & Morgan has grown to become one of the UK's largest Mail Order Seed and Plant companies. Through the publication of catalogues and the operation of an award-winning website,  Good place to get really good discounts and offers too.

Greenfingers has a large customer base, and is an internet only company.  So is well set up for deliveries and dispatch.  From the homepage – it is probably fair to say that greenfingers specialise in garden products, such as furniture, more than plants and seeds.  But they do sell both – so worth a browse.

Good quality plants from here.  And great stock clearance sales as well.  This website is better looking than many others – and gives some inspiration on what to plant.   It appears to be well thought out, and being run by one of the UK’s largest garden centre groups, has a good heritage.

Sarah Raven is more orientated to the garden design community, and does have lovely plants and planting combinations – but at a price.  Shop here for your top choices and you won’t be disappointed.  In her words “All our seeds, bulbs and plants have to not only look or taste fantastic but they must also be productive.  Sarah trials her veg and flowers at her Perch Hill Farm and only those items that have stood the test of time will make it into our range, so you'll be able to enjoy them for years to come.”


*This list is based on UK suppliers, some of which supply globally. This is simply because these are some of the most established.  We will also shortly be looking at online suppliers by country and other global suppliers.

Alex N

I'm passionate about online learning, and lucky enough to work for Learning with Experts. Most recent course: The Pie Shop with River Cottage's Tom Morrell. Next course: Container Gardening with Chris Beardshaw.

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